Energy Brix Power Station

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Energy Brix Power Station
Morwell power station.jpg
Energy Brix Power Station and the associated briquette factory.
Energy Brix Power Station is located in Victoria
Energy Brix Power Station
Location of the Energy Brix Power Station in Victoria, Australia.
Country Australia
Location Morwell, Victoria
Coordinates 38°15′16″S 146°24′49″E / 38.25444°S 146.41361°E / -38.25444; 146.41361Coordinates: 38°15′16″S 146°24′49″E / 38.25444°S 146.41361°E / -38.25444; 146.41361
Status Operational
Owner(s) EnergyAustralia (Yallourn W)
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Brown coal
Power generation
Units operational 170 MW (230,000 hp)

The Energy Brix Power Station was a brown coal–fired thermal power station located at Morwell, in Victoria, Australia. The power station was used to supply electricity for the retail market, as well as the production of briquettes in the adjacent Energy Brix briquette works. It was shut down in August 2014.


A map of the major towns and coal-fired power stations in the Latrobe Valley.

Work on the power station and briquette works commenced in 1949 by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV), when field works on the Morwell open cut mine commenced, and briquette production equipment was ordered from Germany. It was originally known as the Morwell Power Station. Production at the plant started in 1956, with the briquettes produced used for domestic and industrial use, as well as town gas production for Melbourne at an adjacent gasworks by the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria. Morwell Station consisted of one 20MW, three 30MW and one 60MW Metropolitan Vickers turbo generators. Steam was supplied by pulverized brown coal-fired boilers made by Mitchell[1]

In July 2014 it was announced that the plant would close the following month.[2] It was shut down the following month, with 70 staff losing their jobs.[3]


The power station and briquette works were split from the SECV in November 1993, when former Morwell Briquette and Power division was established as a government business enterprise named Energy Brix Australia. At the time of the split, the plant employed 370 people, and exported 80,000 tonnes (79,000 long tons) of briquettes to Germany, Slovenia, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Cyprus.[4] Energy Brix Australia was sold on 4 August 1996.[5] In February 2006 a licence was granted to the company for the retail sale of electricity from its plant.[6]

Heat was reclaimed from the turbine bled steam produced by electricity generation, and used to dry brown coal from up to 65% moisture down to 10% for use in coal briquettes manufactured on the site for both domestic consumption and export. The Energy Brix power station has five steam turbines with a combined generation capacity of 170 megawatts (230,000 hp).[7] The power station sources raw brown coal for briquette production from the Yallourn and Loy Yang open cut mines, and its steaming coal for power generation from the Morwell open cut mine.[8]

Carbon Monitoring for Action estimates this power station emits 1.31 million tonnes (1.29×10^6 long tons) of greenhouse gases each year as a result of burning coal.[9] The Australian Government has announced the introduction of a Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme commencing in 2010 to help combat climate change. It is expected to impact on emissions from power stations. The National Pollutant Inventory provides details of other pollutant emissions, but, as at 23 November 2008, not CO2.

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  1. ^ Edwards, Cecil (1969). Brown Power. A jubilee history of the SECV. State Electricity Commission of Victoria. 
  2. ^ "Coal-fired power station to close in Latrobe Valley, despite $50 million federal bailout". ABC News (Australia). 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ ABC News website Future of Energy Brix power station and briquette factory remains unclear 19 Dec 2014 Retrieved 1 March 2015
  4. ^ "Exciting future for Energy Brix Australia" (Press release). Parliament of Victoria. 
  5. ^ "Show Details for Energy Brix Australia Corporation". Search: Agency archives. Victorian Government. 
  6. ^ "Energy Brix Australia Licence Application". Essential Services Commission. Victorian Government. 
  7. ^ "Electricity". HRL Group of Companies. 
  8. ^ "Brown Coal". Energy Brix Australia. 
  9. ^ "Energy Brix Power Station". Carbon Monitoring for Action. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 

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